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Updated Sunday August 10, 2014 by Hamilton Football Association.

Media Event

August 14, 2014

Cardinal Newman High School Football Field 6:30pm-8pm

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon shows support for Hamilton Safe Contact program

Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon will be attending practices of the Hamilton Football Association on Aug. 14 to observe Hamilton  Football Association rep AAA tykes to  bantams  (ages 7-14) practising  and using Safe Contact principles.

Video crews associated with the CFL and TSN along with Football Canada’s Safe Contact program will be on hand filming Hamilton boys and girls at practice and following Safe Contact principles.

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Press release

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon to attend

HFA practices to observe Safe Contact in action

Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon will be attending practices of the Hamilton Football Association on Aug. 14 to observe Hamilton rep AAA tykes  to bantams (ages 7-14)  practising using Safe Contact principles.

The appearance is intended to show support for the HFA’s efforts to promote safety in practices and games. The HFA is Canada’s first football organization to institute a comprehensive Safe Contact program.

Video crews associated with the CFL and TSN along with Football Canada’s Safe Contact program will be on hand filming Hamilton boys and girls at practice following Safe Contact principles.

The CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats are official supporters of the HFA as members of Football Hamilton, the oversight organization that operates as the HFA.

The Safe Contact model is trademarked and helps coaches to minimize the inherent risks of playing a contact sport like football by:

• Coaching and drilling safe tackling and blocking techniques

• Using proper drill progression (age/skill level appropriate)

• Controlling the amount of contact in practices

• Controlling the speed and intensity level of contact in practices.

“The Hamilton Football Association has showed tremendous leadership in ensuring that boys and girls are able to play minor football in the safest circumstances possible,” said Cohon, the CFL’s 12th commissioner. “We applaud the HFA’s efforts to implement comprehensive Safe Contact practises.” 

 The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has given the HFA a two-year, $118,600 grant to expand its Player Safety Initiative for 2014-15. One component of the initiative will involve purchasing state-of-the-art helmets to ensure maximum protection for players. Many of the HFA coaches have received certification for proper equipment-fitting techniques. All head coaches in the HFA program have taken official Safe Contact training.

Registrations for the fall sessions of Rep and Minor Development (grassroots) are now being accepted. Players and parents can sign up online at jrticats.com or email jrticats@gmail.com

 

ABOUT FOOTBALL HAMILTON AND THE HFA:

The new Football Hamilton structure was initiated in 2014 by a merger agreement of 33 years of history for Hamilton Wentworth Football Association and 50 years for Hamilton Minor Football Association. Football Hamilton, operating as the Hamilton Football Association (HFA), includes a varsity and grassroots division with one vision and a comprehensive football program for ages 7-22.  Jim Gamble (Grassroots) and Brent Howlett (Varsity) serve as Commissioners of their respective age divisions. The football members of the Football Hamilton oversight consulting board include a representative from the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, McMaster Football, CJFL Hamilton Hurricanes, and the Hamilton Football Officials Association.

The HFA youth division (ages 7-14) is led by Joe Sardo as HFA Football Operations.  HFA’s youth model “Play like the Pros” implements a Spring Program designed to help participants to learn and/or improve their football fundamental skills regardless of experience levels and a fall competitive Rep and House League.  The varsity division is lead by Rob Underhill servicing spring rep football ages 14-19.

For more information about the Hamilton Football Association visit: footballhamilton.com. or jrticats.com.  

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